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SBLive’s Central Coast Section Football Fab 15: Senior Serra basks in a nationally televised win

It’s been another big week for the Central Coast Section.

For the second time in two seasons, a CCS team beat world champions De La Salle-Concord, in this case leaders Serra.

Add in big wins from No. 2 Menlo-Atherton, third-place Wilcox-Santa Clara and No. 4 Salinas and the CCS looks intriguing.

SBLive CCS Fab 15 (games until September 2nd)

1. Serra-San Mateo (2-0 record)
Rank last week: number 1
Game last week: Defeated De La Salle 24-21
Next game: Saturday vs. Central Catholic-Modesto (1-2)
The Padres pull off arguably the biggest win in school history, an exciting comeback with 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Perhaps best of all, it was televised nationally. Read the game history. Now they get a Central Catholic team, winners of four small school state titles but losing to St. Mary’s-Stockton. 10 Takeaways by Serra-DLS | Serra coach Patrick Walsh Post-game comments | speak serra heroes

Serra LB Marley Alapati had an interception and fumble recovery resulting in 10 points.  Photo: Dennis Lee

Serra LB Marley Alapati had an interception and fumble recovery resulting in 10 points. Photo: Dennis Lee

2. Menlo-Atherton (2-0)
Rank last week: No. 2
Game last week: Beat Elk Grove 40-20
Next game: Friday at the Del Oro (2-1)
Another impressive win for the Bears and more dominant play from Oregon’s WR Jurrion Dickey (5 catches, 151 yards, 2 TDs) and freshman QB Billy Johnson (279 yards passing, five touchdowns).

3. Wilcox-Santa Clara (2-0)
Last week: number 4
Last game: Beat Hollister 38-14
Next game: Friday in Leland-San Jose (1-1)
For the second straight week, the Chargers decisively beat a ranked team when Maulidi Saleh returned a punt for a touchdown and added a receiving touchdown.

4. Salinas (2-0)
Last week: #5
Last game: Defeated Valley Christian 55-28
Next game: Friday vs. Clovis (2-1)
Like Wilcox, the Cowboys handled a ranked opponent when Cal-tied Nyziah Hunter caught 10 passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns and added an interception.

5. Saint Francis-Mountain View (1-1)
Last week: #3
Last game: Lost to Monterey Trail-Elk Grove 28-7
Next game: Friday at De La Salle-Concord (1-1)
The Lancers can’t sulk about the disappointing defeat with the Spartans on the horizon. De La Salle will have plenty of motivation after Saint Francis ended their 318-game unbeaten streak against NorCal opponents last season.

6.Los Gatos (1-1)
Last week: #7
Last game: Beat Liberty Brentwood 31-0
Next game: Friday vs. Live Oak-Morgan Hill (2-0)
The Wildcats reacted strongly to an opening loss to state-ranked Corona del Mar by shutting out a Liberty team that scored more than 50 points in their opening win. Jake Boyd completed 14 of 18 for 221 yards and a TD against Liberty and three different players pounced on TDs.

7. Bellarmine – San Jose (0-2)
Last week: #6
Last game: Loss to McClymonds-Oakland 24-21 (OT)
Next game: Friday in San Leandro (1-1)
The Bells were outplayed 357-170 but they went into overtime before a sack and a fumbling recovery in overtime by McClymonds ended things. Brandon Broch had 13 tackles and Ben Pfaff and Jake Hanson each added 11 tackles for the Bells.

Bellarmine two-way lineman Tom Reilly.  Photo: Greg Jungferman.

Bellarmine two-way lineman Tom Reilly. Photo: Greg Jungferman.

8. Riordan 1-0 San Francisco
Last week: #9
Last game: Beat Granada-Livermore 31-10 on August 26th
Next game: Friday in Tamalpais-Mill Valley (0-1)
The Crusaders had a reunion after defeating Granada in week two. That should help freshman quarterback Mike Mitchell Jr., who threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns in the opener. Tamalpais lost its opener 41-6 against Windsor.

9. St. Ignatius-San Francisco (1-1)
Last week: #10
Last game: Lost 17-7 to Jesuit-Carmichael (2-0)
Next game: Friday at St. Mary’s-Stockton (2-0)
Jesuit, eighth in the SBLive Sac-Joaquin Section Fab 15, controlled the clock by running for 221 yards while getting touchdowns from Jagger Shaddix and Anthony Seibles. St. Mary’s beat two opponents 105-7.

10. Mitty-San Jose (2-0)
Last week: 12
Last game: Beat Mountain View 48-7
Next game: Friday against Santa Teresa-San Jose
Wills Towers threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns and AJ Cenizal rushed 12 times for 139 yards and one more score, while the Monarchs look like another big threat in the West Catholic Athletic League.

11. Menlo School Atherton (2-0)
Last week: #11
Last game: Defeat King’s Academy 31-6
Next game: September 16 in Freedom Oakley
Jake Bianchi had another strong showing, completing 17 of 23 for 195 yards and a touchdown. Bianchi also rushed for a TD and junior Willis Johnson rushed for 108 yards and a score. Saturday’s home game against Amador Valley-Pleasanton was postponed due to excessive heat throughout the week in the Bay Area. The game was rescheduled on September 30 at Amador Valley.

12. Half Moon Bay (2-0)
Last week: #15
Last game: Beat San Mateo 36-0
Next game: Friday vs Carlmont (2-0)
The Cougars’ defense was bright again, giving up 138 yards while five different players had touchdowns in an overall team win last week. Peter Valdez had 11 tackles and PJ Modena added 10.

13. Palma – Salinas (1-1)
Last week: NO
Last game: Defeat Sacred Heart Cathedral 21-8
Next game: Saturday vs. Hilmar (1-2)
Junior quarterback Thomas Nunes threw for two touchdowns, rushed for another and intercepted a pass as the Chieftains rebounded from a 29-7 loss to Mitty.

14. Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco (1-1)
Last week: #8
Last game: Lost to Palma-Salinas 21-8
Next game: Friday against Burlingame (2-0) at Kezar Stadium
More offensive problems for the Irish, who only picked up 13 points in their opening game. Aidan McGrath passed for 271 yards and college stars RL Miller (Arizona State) and Jerry Mixon (Oregon) each had eight catches, but it wasn’t enough.

15. Sacred Heart Prep – Atherton (1-1)
Last week: HM
Last game: Beat Homestead Cupertino 42-13
Next game: Saturday against Mountain View
Shay O’Kelley, who led the state in tackles last season, had 10 tackles and Luke Maxwell added two interceptions. Curtis Shaw had four catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.

Five more: Aptos (1-1), Aragon-San Mateo (2-0), Christopher Gilroy (2-0), Hollister (1-1), Live Oak (2-0).

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